Since I first left public service last year and then returned, I have been regularly asked about my perspective on the state of the U.S. Government's public facing shared service infrastructure for identity services. For a long time, I have lacked the words given my past investments of time, energy and emotion in those efforts.
The R&D community and the startup eco-system appear to have shared goals around solving problems via innovative approaches. This has resulted in many R&D organizations establishing outposts in cities with thriving startup cultures to tap into that energy. What are some of the connection points that exist between the world of R&D and the world of Startups?
In deciding what research areas to focus on and invest in, it is critical to combat confirmation bias which leads us to collect skewed, self-serving information. Consulting domain experts is often the most employed practice in combating this bias. That, however, comes with its own challenges and is an incomplete approach at best.
In the business of research and development, the valley of death is the place where potentially great science and technology goes to die on the way to the marketplace. I’ve been thinking a lot about how one goes about building a bridge across this valley. Here are some readings I found to be of value and some of my thoughts on this topic.
I went from conflating activity and productivity to understanding that time is a finite resource best spent on the disciplined pursuit of the wildly important. It is simple, but not easy. I'll tell you the habits that are working for me and provide pointers to resources I found helpful on this journey so you don't have to waste your time.
If you are in the digital service delivery business and don't have a program component focused on "looking around corners for what is coming", you will be blind-sided (it is simply a question of when). So, how can digital service delivery programs avoid this?
Do you know that the U.S. Federal Government has a seed funding program that can provide up to $850,000, over 3 years, to conduct federally-funded research and development? And that it is specifically meant for small, innovative organizations that are majority U.S. owned?